FAQ: Why Is the George Mason Statue Decorated Occasionally?

Posted: April 16, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

This frequently asked questions column appears in the Daily Gazette every Tuesday. All questions originate from the green comment boxes located throughout the university, or are items brought to the attention of the Quality of Work Life Committee. Answers are supplied by the appropriate academic unit, department, or office. One question is answered per week.

Q: What’s the deal with the George Mason statue outside of the Johnson Center–why is it occasionally covered with signs and balloons?

A: Recognized student organizations, academic departments, and university offices may fill out a request to “decorate” George to promote an event they are sponsoring or to highlight a special achievement. The request form is available in the Dean of Students Office in SUB I Room 302.

A few years ago MMM (Mason’s Most Motivated) student group started decorating George as a way to increase school spirit and attendance at various activities and events. It has now become a tradition for some groups to out-do or out-decorate one another. In case you didn’t know, another statue tradition is to rub George’s toe for good luck before an exam.— Rose Pascarell, associate dean for University Life, x32841.

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